Sunday, April 7, 2013

Catching Up


Hi everyone!  Its been such a whirlwind week...I have some blog catching up to do.

Tuesday:  Dress Barn skirt, The Limited top, Nine West shoes, Lia Sophia necklace and earrings.
In addition to my classes and work this week, I spent a good chunk of time preparing for Saturday's showcase performance.  
On Monday, it was all about classes and work.  Tuesday was studio time, and finally getting the all of the choreography for the Saturday's showcase completed.  Talk about last minute.
Wednesday, I hung out with Rhonda for shopping, lunch and a practice session at the studio sandwiched in there.  Rhonda came to the studio and got to see the whole process of preparing for a performance.
Thursday I saw my 'ward'; the client I guardian for through the volunteer guardianship organization.
Friday was the job interview.

I'm not sure what the outcome of the interview will be; but I'll be saying some prayers for job offer.  I've second guessed myself and my answers to the questions that were asked; I've replayed the interview in my head many times....and then I realized that it does no good to do so...so I let it go and got ready for my next scheduled event....a big fancy Mary Kay breakfast event on Saturday morning and the showcase on 
Saturday night.

Rose signed on a a Mary Kay consultant at the breakfast and I'm so excited to have her as my team member. She and her daughter were my guests and both had a great time.  Rose won a drawing and took home a HUGE basket stuffed with Mary Kay products and other goodies, Kristen won a ring and I won a handbag.  WOW!

Wednesday: Shopping and lunch with Rhonda and practice in the studio.  Thrifted sweater and black faux wrap dress.  Lia Sophia necklaces (both retired)

Wednesday: Purple leather Mizz Moos shoes; oh la la!

Rose and her daughter Kristen at the Mary Kay breakfast.

Saturday at the Mary Kay event.  Thrifted Jones New York wrap dress.  Nine West suede dress boots.
At the beautiful Avalon hall; the venue for  the Mary Kay 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' breakfast event.   Lia Sophia 'Endeavor' necklace.


My delightful lunch on Wednesday at Meditrina

Beautiful tablescape at Saturday's special Mary Kay breakfast


Just arrived at the showcase venue; in full makeup and hair.
Major swoosh going on here!

Dancing a hard core Tango to Bon Jovi's "Its My Life".





Our dance was well received; it was dramatic, fun and entertaining.  If you look closely at my eyes, you can see the high drama makeup; I even got Marcel to dress in character with some leather wrist cuffs and choker.  I like to go all out when I perform a showcase :)

It was an incredibly busy week and today...I'm exhausted.
I'm going to take a breather this upcoming just stick to school and work and saying a few prayers for a job offer this week.



Dress Update: I have decided to purchase the pre-owned yellow dress that I borrowed for the Indiana Challenge competition. If you remember, I had posted some pics on a previous blog post before the comp asking for opinions.  I've made my decision; the dress is staying with me.  

 I sent a picture of me wearing the dress at the IC to the dressmaker Designs to Shine and asked for some details about the dress.  
They sent me pictures of the dress and told me that it was custom made for a top level competitive amateur.  This designer always names her dresses and this one is called "Blueberry Lemondade".  The original price was $5000.00.  I purchased it for 10% of that price....! 
I could NEVER pay 5K for a dress, but at 90% of the original price its a deal I can't pass up.  Its incredibly difficult to find a beautiful, high quality ballroom dresse that meet all of the dancer's needs at an affordable price.  Fit is important; if a dress needs anything more than minimal alterations, the cost goes up dramatically.  I didn't have to do anything but replace the bra cups. Often, used dresses are not in great condition.  Even dresses in mediocre condition command high prices; sometimes the chiffon will be snagged, many stones will be missing or the inside of the dress will be stained with self tanner.  Yuck, that stuff does not come out. 
This dress has been been pre-owned by two top level amateur competitive dancers, but its in great shape and comes with all that "great dancers wore this" good karma.  I feel like I hit the ballroom dress jackpot.
I just love it.

Wishing you a beautiful week!


30 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa, that's great that you'd like to place an order. Click on this link: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/knpo5
    ,and then click "shop online trunk show" that will enter you to win the earrings as well. You can place the order online shipped directly to you :)
    Ginny

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    1. Hi Ginny, I did go to the link and find your party, but I actually have a few questions I'd like to ask. I want to order some charms to make a "mom" necklace and I wanted to ask a couple of questions about that.

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    2. This is her email, I'll let her know you'll be contacting her :) jessicareid79@yahoo.com

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  2. Hello Lisa,
    You look gorgeous in all your outfits but my favorite is the one with the striped top. It's so a maritime look and suits you so well. I also love your shoes!

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    1. Thank you, Sabine! That top is one of my favorites. i wear it often; it was a great investment!

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  3. Love your new shoes, you look beautiful in your Mary Kay outfit, and hurray for the new dress!

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    1. Hi Sheila. Thank you...hahaha...my Mary Kay outfit :)

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  4. Great post, exciting pics. Reading your blog is like taking a walk on the wild side!

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    1. Hahaha! Thank you. I don't know about wild, but I do have fun!

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  5. Hi, Lisa. What a whirlwind week! I'm exhausted just hearing about it. haha
    Love that Jones New York wrap dress and boots outfit.
    Congrats on your bargain purchase of the beautiful Blueberry Lemonade dress!

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    1. Hi Lisa, yes it was a really busy week; this one is so much slower paced! Thank you for the compliment!

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  6. Lovely to catch up with you. You look amazing in the animal print dress.

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    1. Thank you. I love that dress. Its one of my new favorites...and to think I almost passed it by at the consignment store.

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  7. My goodness, dear Lisa, what a mile-a-minute past few days you've had. Thank you for filling us in on some of your recent going-ons and the marvelous outfits you've been sporting. I love the Nine West shoes in the first (they have a great 1920s vibe to them) and that elegant Jones New York wrap dress (once, eons ago, I had a great pair of Jones New York grey trousers that I thrifted and wore, no joke, until they were thread bare, because they fit so well and went with everything).

    Wishing you a beautiful Monday & week ahead,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica. I agree with you on the shoes; they do have a 20's vibe. That was one of the things that appealed most to me. I think they are my most favorite shoes.

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  8. Good luck with job offer Lisa! Love your outfits, my fav is the one with one openwork white sweater, I like such things. The new ball dress is amazing

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    1. Thank you, Olga! I like wearing that sweater; its one of my favorites.

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  9. Love the dress!! I always love getting a great deal.

    The showcase looks like it was lots of fun!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm following you via Bloglovin'!

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    1. Thank you! The showcase was fun; I always lover performing in showcases, but competitions are my real dance passion.

      Thank you for following; I've been following you for a bit and I love your blog.

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  10. Wow! The gown is gorgeous and 90% discount on an original is a steal!
    Thanks for sharing your Tango moves...sexy!!!

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    1. Thank you Jeannie....I got very lucky on the gown!
      Glad you enjoy my Tango! It was so fun to dance it.

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  11. love the outfit you wore at the mary kay even!

    Delightful Ideas

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  12. great post ^^

    http://alovelystyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  13. Lisa you look dashing in that outfit you wore for the Mary Kay breakfast !
    And that dress for a fraction of its a original price is a purchase you will not regret.

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  14. Congratulations on the win and best wishes on the Interview.

    I love all the pretty shoes you have on and also your friends Rose and Kristen look good.

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    1. Thanks, Beauty.
      I have shoe fever! I love great shoes and accessories to perk up a simple outfit!

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  15. The busy women still manages to look fab! Love your leopard print dress, it is fun and flattering! I would love to see you dance live once, but until then I am glad that you share dance pictures with us! Congrats to your new dress! I will send some prayers for you too! Best Wishes from Edinburgh

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    1. Hi Anna....i hope you are having a wonderful visit in Scotland!
      Thank you for the compliments!

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